And you probably thought Trieste was in the European Union - a free state?
Headline on a posting on the Il Piccolo web-site today 26 September 2017.
TRIESTE, HOW AND WHEN ONE CAN SWITCH ON THE CENTRAL HEATING.
The Clarification from the communal administration to the requests for information on the part of citizens.
( there followed the next in a small letter paragraph : (Up until 15 October in the Community of Trieste it is possible for a maximum of 7 hours a day as long as in the local environment the temperature does not exceed 20-22 degrees Celsius).
The Community of Trieste - Environment Services and Energy, following upon the numerous requests for clarification received in the past few days with regard to the possibility of proceeding to the 'switching-on' of central heating plants, recall to attention that our Community is inserted into the climactic zone "E", motive for which the plants can remain switched-on, in the whole of the territory from 15 October to 15 April for a maximum of 14 hours per day (including between 5 and 23). Outside of this period - recalls the note from the council - the central heating installations can stay 'switched-on' without specific authorisation, for a maximum of 7 hours per day, if the local environment does not exceed 20-22 degrees Celsius.
I've sent an e-mail to the Editor of Il Piccolo asking him/her why they still follow the old Communist bible in the city.